It’s time again to link up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into.
This December was different than any I have ever experienced. While it was wonderful, there were a few things missing. Through the experience I learned a few lessons about what it really means to celebrate Christmas Krank style.
My family made plans to go to Riviera Maya, Mexico for Christmas this year as one last hoorah before our oldest graduates from college and our youngest graduates from high school this spring.
Because of that I decided not to decorate for Christmas. At. All.
Lesson Number One: When celebrating Christmas Krank style, decorate. At least a little.
I really missed the hoop-la of Christmas, but only too late. I realized we often travel at Christmas, and I always decorate. This year didn’t have to be different just because how and where we were celebrating was different.
On top of not decorating, I also decided to not to do any baking. None. At. All.
Lesson Number Two: When celebrating Christmas Krank style, bake. At least a little.
Our family normally does a ton of baking over the holidays. It is one of our favorite things to do. I decided not to bake because we would not be around to eat the goodies. What I forgot is that we aren’t usually the ones who eat most of our treats. We give away 95% of what we bake to friends and coworkers. Not baking meant we didn’t have anything to share with others throughout the season.
All of these things meant I didn’t have to make any lists. I know this sounds silly, but I really, really missed all my lists. Every. Single. One.
Lesson Number Three: When celebrating Christmas Krank style, make lists. Lots and lots of lists.
Christmas lists help me focus on the people in my life. They make me think specifically about each one and how I can bring them joy. Next year, I plan on making loads of lists. No matter where or how I celebrate. Which brings me to…
Lesson Number Four: You can celebrate Christmas anywhere in any way without being a Krank.
After I got over my crankiness about how I chose to celebrate, I realized that Christmas in Mexico could be exactly what it was always intended to be. A Gift.
Christmas in Mexico was a gift of time with John and the kids doing something extraordinarily special, and that is exactly what it turned out to be. Extraordinarily Special.
So whether we were on the beach or around the Christmas tree, whether you are Kringle or Krank, we the Patton family hope that you had a Very. Merry. Christmas.
So, that’s what my December looked like. What about you? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite or most unusual Christmas memory from this past year. Oh, and don’t forget to visit Leigh Kramer’s blog to see what everyone else has been into.